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Friday, March 31, 2023

Curry, Thompson send Warriors to Western Conference finals

SAN FRANCISCO ( Associated Press) — Klay Thompson dropped eight 3-pointers on the way to 30 points, Stephen Curry scored 29 with six 3s, and the Golden State Warriors beat the Memphis Grizzlies 110-96 in the game of the Western Conference entered the finals. Friday night 6.

Curry found his shooting touch late and made two straight baskets late in the third to take a 78-77 lead in the final 12 minutes. Drummond Green scored 14 points, 16 rebounds and eight assists. Kevon Looney scored 22 rebounds and Andrew Wiggins scored 10 of his 18 points in the fourth with a pair of 3 on time.

Golden State – eliminated by Memphis in the play-in tournament last year – pulled off a Test series to advance to the Conference Finals for the first time since 2019, when the franchise lost its fifth straight NBA final before losing to Toronto in the deciding Game 6. reached the finals. ,

The third seeded Warriors will face the Phoenix-Dallas winner in the conference finals. Game 7 of that series is in Phoenix on Sunday.

“whoop that trick!” The joyful, raucous home crowd chanted in the dwindling moments, with fans stealing from Memphis.

Dillon Brooks scored 30 points with a career-best seven 3-pointers, but picked up his second major foul of the series. Desmond Bain added 25.

Curry checked back for the final 8:21 and gave 3 with 5:45 remaining from a beautiful bounce pass by Green. Looney found Green to sink easily the next time around, and scored the decider 10–0.

After Wednesday’s 134-95 loss at home to the Grizzlies, in which they trailed 55, the Warriors were determined to do better, notably cutting 22 turnovers to collect 29 points.

The Warriors overtook the Grizzlies 70–44, becoming the first team to grab 70 rebounds in a playoff game as San Antonio scored 75 against Denver on May 4, 1983.

Bain scored the first two baskets of the game before the Warriors scored 10 points in a row, including a pair of lay-ups by Greene and a 3 by both Curry and Thompson.

Looney started after Jonathan Cuminga’s last three games, following an injury to a Gary Peyton II safety. He broke his left elbow in an awkward fall after being hit on the head by Brooks in Game 2, which earned Brooks a flagrant 2 foul and a one-game suspension.

There was a loud shout-out again on every occasion by the sold-out crowd at the Chase Center. When Peyton was shown on the big screen during the close of the first quarter, he applauded enthusiastically and touched her heart before encouraging him to speak aloud.

Memphis again played without All-Star guard Jay Morant, who missed his third straight game with a bone injury to his right knee, which the Grizzlies hit Jordan Poole on the knee while going for a loose ball in Game 3. Blamed for dragging.

Center Steven Adams went awkwardly limped on his right ankle and went into the locker room 3:23 before halftime but returned. At the same time, Brooks received a flagrant foul 1 to lead Curry and the Grizzlies, and Thompson was hit with a double technical.

Thompson’s Touch

Thompson, shining back in the playoffs after a 2 1/2-year absence with a pair of serious injuries, finished the postseason game of his fourth career, tying Ray Allen, Curry and Damien Lillard for the most in NBA history. Saw with eight 3s.


Grizzlies: Brooks had three major points and ended up with an automatic one-game suspension. … Memphis missed his last 10 shots of the second quarter. … The Grizzlies held a 55-37 rebounding advantage in Game 5.

Warriors: Curry took 6 for 17 from deep. … Looney’s 11 first-quarter rebounds are a career high for any quarter and match a Warriors playoff record in the team’s West Coast era, which Larry Smith scored on May 12, 1987 at Road vs. the Lakers had completed. … F Otto Porter Jr. was out with pain in his right leg. … Veteran Andre Iguodala, who is still in isolation from a left cervical disc injury, is to be re-evaluated at the end of next week.

Friday the 13th

The Warriors had a playoff game on Friday the 13th for only the second time in franchise history, before they won the series 4–2 by defeating the Bucks 100–86 in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on April 13, 1973, according to Elias. . Kareem Abdul-Jabbar scored a game-high 27 points and led the Bucks with 14 rebounds. Jim Barnett scored 26 runs for the Warriors.


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